((Note; this takes place after the events of season three, and as such prowl is dead, the big bads are all in prison and Optimus and his team are war heroes. I suppose you could say this is my idea of a season four pf the show. This'll be chapter one, hope you all enjoy. -Oddy)) Part 1: Paperwork Optimus Prime rolled into the Autobots new base on earth, built on the grounds of the old plant and brimming with new technology. It was proudly wearing a bright red Autobot insignia on it's front. The high council had offered Optimus the role of Magnus, in light of his heroic efforts and those of his team, coupled with the fact that pretty much everyone despised Sentinel's rule. Of course, Optimus turned them down, opting instead to have himself and his crew made full ranking members of the elite guard and allowing them to operate on and protect earth. Sari suggested that Cybertron's Government make efforts to reach out to earth and make a planetary alliance, and the high council agreed, overriding Sentinal's protests to the contrary. Bulkhead had been recruited into the science guild because of his proficiency with space bridges, and though he was reluctant to leave his friends, The others convinced him to follow his calling. With The death of prowl, and the departure of bulkhead, Optimus was in the market for a few new crew members to keep their numbers up. He was on his way to a remote meeting with personnel officer Rung about having a few bots moved to his jurisdiction. "Well, Optimus, I have a few people for you to consider," The officer began as the meeting comenced, "It's really up to you." Optimus nodded thoughfully. "Who do you have?" Rung pulled up a list of names and began reading. "Let's see...we have Chromia, a diplomat who specializes in conflict resolution, Powerglide, part of a new breed of flying autobot and a private who passed basic training with the highest honors, and proved her worth is strategic planning. Then we have a few mo--" Optimus interrupted him. "Eeeaaah...that list sounds kinda long. Maybe you could just send it over so I could look over them and you wouldn't have to...recite them all?" Rung shrugged. "Whatever is more suitable for you sir. Sending now. Contact me with your decision. Rung out." Rung ended the call after sending the requested information. Optimus sighed and sat in his chair. "Let's see here...aaand rung sent me 1400 candidates. Scrap." Bumblebee walked in as Optimus started pouring over all the data. "What's this, bossbot? training to be a data clerk?" Optimus continued to read as he answered. "No, Bumblebee, I'm looking for your new teammates..." "Oh." Bumblebee leaned on Prime's chair. "Pick that one, she's pretty." "Bumblebee, i'm not picking recruits based on their paint jobs. Plus that's a guy." Bee cringed. "Uh, yeah, alright, good luck with that." The screeching of his tires in the distance was heard almost before he finished his sentence. Three hours later..... Optimus was banging his head repeatedly on his console. This entire time, he had only picked two bots, Jazz, for his prior experience with him and how well he worked with the team, and Powerglide because of his flight abilities. However most of the others were just unappealing. "How does this one turn into a plant...?!" he mused in frustration. Thankfully, a call from Sari broke up the monotony before he considered suicide. "Optimus!" The youthful techno-organic child beamed. "Great news! I found a few Allspark fragments!" Optimus perked up. "Really? That really is great. I'll send Bumblebee over to retri--" "No, that's alright," She interjected, "I'll be over in a few minutes. Are you okay? You look sorta...unhappy." "No it's nothing, i'm just looking for new recruits..." Sari winced. "Ohhh, clerical work?" Optimus nodded. "Bummer. Well good luck with that. See you soon." Sari cut the com-link. Optimus sighed. "Alright, you know what, I'm just going to tell the system to randomly select...one for me...and....Aha. Rodimus Prime. Rodimus Prime?" Optimus blinked. He would have expected a Prime to lead their own team. Then he remembered reading that Rodimus's team was defeated while attempting to protect a space bridge...something about cosmic rust? Maybe they had disbanded. Regardless, Optimus sent for the three new bots and retired to spend half a cycle in rest-mode. Primus knew he could use it.